Join us at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland on Saturday, September 16 for the opening of California Love 2: A Love Letter to Southern California. We’ve invited our favorite artists to share what they love about the southern region of the Golden State.
On September 16, Leanna Lin’s Wonderland presents California Love 2: A Love Letter to Southern California. Curated by Supahcute, this group exhibition is a follow-up to last year’s California Love Art Show. We’ve invited our favorite artists to share what they love about the southern region of the Golden State.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 6-9pm, and the exhibition runs through October 29.
From the artist statement: “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafacdio Hearn is a book that has held my childhood fascination of the supernatural into my adult life. I interpreted selections of the Japanese folktales in this book through the eyes of a Japanese American growing up in Hawaii. A place where the supernatural is alive and well documented since the arrival of the immigrants in 1885. From here, I am able to present and share with you a better understanding of these folktales.”
Edwin Ushiro is an artist from Hawaii who is currently residing in Southern California. He captures the essence of Hawaii, youth, and nostalgia in a technique that’s uniquely his own.
Edwin Ushiro’s work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.
Adrianna Bamber, aka A.Bamber, is an artist and designer who is also pretty skilled at operating a sewing machine. Adrianna is both the author and illustrator of “My Ukrainian American Story” and she just launched a Kickstarter project to publish it.
Tell me about “My Ukrainian American Story.”
My book is about a Ukrainian American girl who shares fun tidbits about her life and culture. Working on this book has been an emotional cultural journey for me. From reminiscing about my childhood to pondering cultural identity – mine and of Ukrainians and the Ukrainian American community. Maintaining focus on a self authored and illustrated project is challenging; edits to both text and illustrations can spiral.
What is your dream children’s book project?
My dream children’s book project is to illustrate a magical, fun book (possibly containing ponies) to be published with a licensing deal for character toys and an animated show. What a dream!
Which artist inspires you right now at this very moment?
I am inspired by a mix of artists, illustrators and designers…as well as experiences, “non artist people”, travel and nature. The illustrators I’m into at this moment are Tor Freeman, Benjamin Chaud, Jean Jullien and Jayde Fish.
How will the rest of 2017 unfold for you?
I’m planning on publishing my first children’s book and getting started on my next book! Yay!